August 15, 2008

Crazy Sprinkler Conspiracy

I don't know about you, but this video convinces me that there DEFINITELY is a conspiracy...ok, maybe not. But it definitely proves that not everyone who has a thought should express it.

This video also lays a good foundation for promoting basic science competency in our skools!

August 14, 2008

Rick Warren and Political Discussion

Has anyone else heard about Rick Warren's approach to political discussion between the candidates? Check out this article for more.

Here are some quotes:

"This is a critical time for our nation, and the American people deserve to hear both candidates speak from the heart – without interruption – in a civil and thoughtful format absent the partisan 'gotcha' questions that typically produce heat instead of light," Warren said on announcing the event, called a Saddleback Civil Forum.

His questions will focus on how the candidates lead and make decisions and will cover five topics: leadership, stewardship, worldview, compassion issues, and their vision for America.

"This can be important as a model for a religious leader who is bipartisan in reaching out to find out about candidates," says C. Welton Gaddy, head of the Interfaith Alliance, in Washington, which has criticized some uses of religion in the campaign. "He's putting himself on center stage at a critical moment, with a tremendous amount of responsibility riding on his shoulders."

I am impressed with this approach. Giving each candidate a chance to speak, and allowing them the time to express themselves. Do I believe they will be completely honest? They are, of course, still politicians speaking during a campaign...so no, not completely. But I do admire the attempt to get civil discourse from both political parties represented in the church.

What do you think?

August 13, 2008

At Least They Know How to Cook Their Crow

If you are watching the Olympics you are watching history in the making. Michael Phelps looks unstoppable as he pushed to a fifth gold medal and a fifth world record.

I love watching athletic excellence in action. I loved watching Lance Armstrong as he dominated the Tour de France, and I think Phelps is to the pool what Lance was to the bike.

The Men's 4x100 relay has to be the greatest race in history. Michael Phelps took the American Record, and his teammate Lezak caught the World Record Holder to give the American team the gold medal. Earlier this week, the French said they were going to "smash the Americans." It was exciting to see the quietly confident American team put those words to rest.

One of Michael's teammates gave him the best compliment. When asked what it was like swimming on a team with Michael Phelps, the teammate responded. (I am paraphrasing) "I feel honored, but the best thing about Michael is that he recognizes this as a team thing and not just an individual thing."

It would be easy to focus on your own personal glory and forget that you are part of a team.

August 1, 2008

Humanity's Creation

I am almost finished with Bill Bryson's book A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson includes a quote from leading scientist Dr. Tattersall: "One of the hardest ideas for humans to accept is that we are not the culmination of anything. There is nothing inevitable about being here. It is part of our vanity as humans that we tend to think of evolution as a process that, in effect, was programmed to produce us."

The quote is aimed a people who think that modern humans are the ultimate goal of all humanity and that evolution was steadily moving toward us. But this is also a sad statement of atheistic evolution.

As Christians, wherever you stand on the creationist---evolutionist scale, there is more to our existence biblically than this statement allows. The theological arrangement of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 places human beings as the pinnacle of God's creative work. Genesis indicates a direct human connectivity to the purposes and will of God because of this unique God and Human relationship. We are not special in our own right, but as being made so by our Creator.

I don't believe as Christians we can remove God from any explanation of science and creation. I don't believe we have to be tied to only one explanation of how things have developed in creation, but I certainly believe that whatever and however it developed God was part of it.

I am still amazed at how much of scientific explanation of the creation and how the world works is based on skant evidence and a lot of bias, opinion, and theory. It almost as though they are looking at a blade of grass and extrapolating and describing the entire ecology of the earth.